Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Now I remember why I don't sew....

Any idea why the machine is doing this:

I've switched threads and fabrics, but it keeps on messing up.

I was hoping to get to post pix of the adorable pillows I'm sewing while the boys are napping today, but it's not working.


Momala said...

I think you need to adjust the tension on your machine. Check the manual for your sewing machine and it should tell you how to do it. Good Luck!

Shan said...


I think it is the tension. If you can't fix it, take it over to Denver Fabrics or even call JoAnn's or Hancocks and see if they have someone who can adjust it for you. I had an old machine that did this once and it was like a miracle when I had the dear gentleman at Hancock Fabrics give it a little TLC!

Your friend,

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Tanya @ Ever After Cottage said...

Some other ideas - make sure you put the bobbin in correctly - I don't know if all machines are the same, but mine needs to be put in with the bobbin unwinding from the left side, not the right. Also make sure you're using the right bobbin for your machine - I have two types and frequently wind and put the wrong one in the wrong machine. Another thing to check for are burrs on the bobbin, bobbin casing or throat plate of your machine. You can also try running your machine by hand one stitch at a time to see if you can notice what might be the cause. Hope this helps. Its so frustrating to sit down with a project and then have something go wrong!


BaileyZimmerman said...

Great suggestions!!

It looks like my old bobbin problem.
I loved sewing...but I hated the machine. So many times I ended up hand sewing the end of a project!! frustrating when you don't have hours to spare!!

good luck honey!!

Kelli said...

I've had this happen many times, Kimberly. Most of the time I needed to adjust the tension and/or rethread the machine. Good luck!
P.s. Thank you for entering my giveaway and your sweet comments!

Pam said...

I was going to add what Kelli said - check your threading. My thread slips out of one of its slots on the threading line sometimes, and the result looks just like this. It used to take me forever to figure it out - now I look for this first. Good Luck! Sewing really is fun if you can get the machine to work! LOL

Anonymous said...

I have sewn a lot and when this happens, almost always it is the fault of the bobbin. It may look like it is in correctly, but take it out anyway and put it back in again making sure that the thread comes out on the proper side. Nine times out of ten, after that everything will work fine. Either that, or rethread the machine starting right from the spool of thread. It is SO frustrating, isn't it?


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